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Author Topic: Vocals in Metal - for you audiophiles out there  (Read 2159 times)
Mad Metal Mage
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« on: June 30, 2008, 02:14:37 pm »

Hey y'all, I have this issue with the vocals in my song "Shedding the Ashes."  I have created two different mixes of it and put it on both http://www.facebook.com/pages/m-Mad-Metal-Mage-m/10764875925 and http://www.myspace.com/madmetalmagemusic (if you don't see it on Facebook, it's probably because it's still processing).  Anyway, I somehow felt that the vocals did not have enough punch to cut through the rest of the mix, especially the guitars, so that's why I remixed it.  But in the end, both mixes sound very similar, so I am stuck with the same problem.  I discovered that the "sound enhancer" in iTunes (go into the iTunes preferences and then the playback tab at the top) really changes how the mix sounds.  I realize that this is true when you play back the song in a car system, iPod, computer, or any other device.  I've been listening to the balance of vocals and guitars in lots of other metal songs, and I know that the vocals are supposed to be buried but present.  I think I'm going insane!  If anyone has time, could you please listen to both mixes and inform me which one has better vocals in your opinion?  Then what I'll do is listen to what you found and see how it sounds for myself.  Thanks a lot.  If anyone has experience with mixing vocals in metal, I'd appreciate any tips.

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008, 08:48:51 pm »

I think I like the newest mix better - it seems to have a better balance overall.

I've run into this, too, and sometimes it's a frequency issue. When you have layers of sound that are occupying the same frequency ranges, they tend to blur together, for better or worse. I've read that most metal recordings have the guitars panned hard left and hard right, with multiple layers of vocals hovering around the center point. So you might try creating a duplicate layer of vocals and panning it to a different position to try and dodge the guitars a little more without actually increasing the volume too much. Or pan all the guitar tracks all the way to the left and right if you haven't already.

I found some of this useful:
http://everything2.org/title/Home%2520Recording%2520on%2520a%2520Budget%253A%2520Mixology
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